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What I don't understand, is that there are all of these restoration companies out there that pride themselves on preserving classics. If their goal is to preserve classics, than why is it that it is impossible to find sweep dash reproductions? There are next to zero parts for wagons and such. It's come to the point that if you want to restore your car from a basket case, you need make it into an SS clone... You can only buy SS dash's, SS gauges, two door skins and such.. I think that there are so many clones not because they want to clone, it's just that there are so few options otherwise..
 

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Better watch out....this thread might end up getting locked or deleted. Make sure you are clear that you arent looking for used parts.
 

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Sorry for my poor grammar. I'm not looking for parts, I'm just wondering why people who's intent is preservation don't make these parts available.
 

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I know how you feel! My grandpa had a 4 door sedan 71 that he was going to pay me to restore but all the parts I could find were either trashed because they were used, or more than we could afford cause they were NOS!

My car is a Malibu 400 and I wanna keep it that way but I can't find headrests (complete or just the foams. Don't even bother looking for the brackets!), sweep gauge or dash, printed circuit board, etc...
 

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Well I think it comes down to a popularity thing. It appears as though a much higher percentage would rather restore/clone an SS than a malibu. Economically it just doesn't make sense to tool up for a certain part (sweep dash) if you are going to sell only a few. All the costs that would go into making a sweep dash would have to be recovered, based on the popularity of the sweep dash, I suspect the cost would be quite substsantial for a purchaser to buy because so many fewer units would be sold as compared to an SS dash. How much are you willing to spend to get a replacement sweep dash? I suspect at that cost you may be money ahead or even to just send your dash out to a resto shop to have the orginal restored.

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Economically it just doesn't make sense to tool up for a certain part (sweep dash) if you are going to sell only a few.
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Bingo. Boils down to basic supply and demand.
 

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What I don't understand, is that there are all of these restoration companies out there that pride themselves on preserving classics. If their goal is to preserve classics, than why is it that it is impossible to find sweep dash reproductions? quote]


Because they are not in it to preserve classics, they are in it to make money, and you can't make money on something that will sell only a few parts.
 

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What I don't understand, is that there are all of these restoration companies out there that pride themselves on preserving classics. If their goal is to preserve classics, than why is it that it is impossible to find sweep dash reproductions? There are next to zero parts for wagons and such. It's come to the point that if you want to restore your car from a basket case, you need make it into an SS clone... You can only buy SS dash's, SS gauges, two door skins and such.. I think that there are so many clones not because they want to clone, it's just that there are so few options otherwise..

because it ..IS NOT CHEAP to tool up to make a part.. that 2 people might buy..
look at it this way..
be glad it's a g.m.
try finding parts for a wippet
 

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All of our replies have been PURE BS thus far, Ryan.....truth is, its a conspiracy against you. I can get them new all day long, so can everyone else....you've been flagged for boycott due to recent searches you have done on the internet and after reviewing all the books you have checked out in your life at the library.

In order to get this ban lifted you must act swiftly and start a lobbying company to go after the aftermarket sheetmetal companies. once we see change there we will then petition to have you removed from this boycott and allow for you to locate and purchase a fine repop sweep dash.

Thank you, please act swiftly.

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If you are to truly restore something, then you don't buy a part to replace it. When you do that, you are replacing rather than restoring. To restore you take what you have and do what you have to do in order to make it like it was when it was new.
The problem with this is that there are very few people who have the skills to do anything more than bolt on a new part. Therefore, you have to find someone with the skills and pay them to restore what you have, i.e. deal with a restoration specialist rather than a parts house. JMO
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What I don't understand, is that there are all of these restoration companies out there that pride themselves on preserving classics. If their goal is to preserve classics, than why is it that it is impossible to find sweep dash reproductions? There are next to zero parts for wagons and such. It's come to the point that if you want to restore your car from a basket case, you need make it into an SS clone... You can only buy SS dash's, SS gauges, two door skins and such.. I think that there are so many clones not because they want to clone, it's just that there are so few options otherwise..
Hmm...maybe you have just found a need for some new parts..
Start your own company...:yes: serisly
 
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